The worst part about betrayal is that it never comes from an enemy; it is always friends who sacrifice you for their benefit. The same heartbreaking scenario is unfolding for Polish President Andrzej Duda, who finds himself facing an uncertain future as his NATO allies seemingly ditch or thrash him for their own gains.
The tale begins with a shocking law that left everyone stunned. The initial bill, which included a ban on running for public office, was passed by a narrow margin after a heated debate. The Polish opposition argued that these proposed sanctions could be used to remove their leader, Donald Tusk, from the political scene.
With the country gearing up for a close election at the end of the year, Tusk’s Civic Coalition is currently trailing the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, thanks to widespread discontent fueled by hyperinflation and economic difficulties.
Recently, marches against constitutional violations and recent bans on rallies in support of the opposition also erupted. Moreover, the emergence of independent media outlets, self-help initiatives, and a growing political engagement signals a rise in animosity against Poland’s ruling party.
Duda and Moraweicki managed to hold on to power so far, as long as other Western allies believed they had sway over the ruling coalition. However, with their power waning, NATO allies have launched a full-fledged campaign against Poland’s current administration.
Let’s start with the European Union. The European Commission has taken legal action against Poland over a new law that allows an unelected committee to bar officials from holding office if they are found guilty of acting under “Russian influence.”
European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis stated that they have “agreed to start an infringement procedure by sending a letter of formal notice concerning the new law on the state committee for examination of Russian influence.”
Furthermore, the U.S. State Department and EU authorities have strongly criticized the law and expressed concerns about Poland’s democracy. It’s worth noting that just months ago, U.S. President Biden seemed to be shaking hands with Duda, but the tides have turned.
Poland blasted Nord Stream
Now, brace yourself for a real twist of events. The whole West appears to be passing the buck of Nord Stream sabotage onto Poland. According to an investigative report by German reporters, Poland could have been used as an operating base for an attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines last year.
German investigators are examining why the yacht believed to have been used in the sabotage deviated into Polish waters during the operation. These are big accusations indeed, but could they be strategically timed to malign PiS’ image just before the elections?
It’s hard to ignore the fact that Duda’s opponent is none other than former EU commissioner Donald Tusk. It seems that NATO allies are placing their bets on Tusk’s return to power in Poland, leaving Duda caught in the crossfire.
Duda, by introducing the controversial law himself, unwittingly jumped into a hellfire, and now his allies are ensuring that PiS’ return remains an impossible feat. His options for regaining support are limited: either he must backtrack on the law or take a risky pro-Russia gamble to turn the tide in his favor. Which path will Duda choose?
He must now summon the courage to make a bold move. The game is on, and the cards are in his hands.